Posted by: bluesyemre | October 18, 2021

Browse over one million newly digitized images from Yale’s Beinecke Library

Interior of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft as a 1963 gift from the Beinecke family, the windowless exterior walls are translucent Danby marble, which transmit subdued light to protect the books. The books are housed in an inner glass shell protecting the book stacks. A Gutenberg Bible is displayed in the glass case in foreground. The library building is considered an icon of mid-Century American architecture and modernism. (Photo by Nathan Benn/Corbis via Getty Images)

Exciting news for the research-inclined: Yale University has launched a new digital collections platform, where users can view all digitized collections material from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. Over time, other Yale Library digital collections will be moved there, but for now, the public can still browse over one million images.

The interface allows users to search documents by subject, format, genre, resource type, language, creator, geography, and date; users can also browse highlights of the collections. If you don’t know where to start, how about the Langston Hughes Papers? Or the manuscript of Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia? Or the Gutenberg Bible? Or George Gershwin’s original Porgy and Bess score? Or “Anthony Comstock shuddering at the sight of an unshelled peanut”? Or James Baldwin’s poems, typed and corrected? Or, if you want to be meta about it, photos of Beinecke Library’s own construction?

You can browse the collections here—and if you have questions, you can watch the Beinecke’s introductory video to the site below. Go forth and absorb!


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